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Transcript of Theatre Arts
Vocabulary Offstage Any part of the stage that the audience cannot see. Backstage The area behind the scenery not visible to the audience. Sightlines Imaginary lines indicating visibility of stage areas from different areas of the house. Raked A slanted stage, where upstage is slightly higher than downstage. D.S. U.S. Audience Upstage Downstage Stage Right Stage Left Gestures Movements of separate parts of the body such as waving an arm or shrugging a shoulder. Mime The dramatic art of representing life through expressive movements of the body and face. Muscular Memory When you know the role so well that your actions become effortless and appear completely natural. Body Language How body positioning and movement reflect thoughts and feelings. Stage Business Detailed bits of action such as knitting, setting the table, etc. Dialogue Conversation among characters. Volume The relative loudness of a voice. Pitch The relative highness or lowness of a voice. Keywording Emphasizing certain words to add importance. AKA: Inflection. Cross An actor moves from one side of the stage to the other. Counter-Cross Moving in the opposite direction of another actor. Cheating Out Face the audience. Upstaging Drawing attention away from another actor. Exposition Inciting Incident Rising Action Climax Denoument Resolution Scenario An outline of the play. Super Objective Scene Objective Line Intention